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Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry is the central science that connects physics, biology, engineering and medicine. At UW-River Falls, the chemistry experience is based on foundational coursework in the five traditional sub-disciplines (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical) and emphasizes a hands-on experience that will put you at the forefront of exciting research in nanotechnology, medicine and environmental technologies.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Describe matter and chemical transformations in terms of atoms, molecules and ions.
  • Gain experience with modern chemical instrumentation and develop proficiency in data interpretation.
  • Retrieve and evaluate chemical and scientific information.
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Practice collaboration, oral presentation, scientific writing and laboratory safety skills.


Types of Courses

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Communications and Research
  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Foundations of Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy
  • Pharmacology
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Quantum Mechanics

“The chemistry courses at UWRF are high quality and cover all the branches of chemistry that are necessary for a well-rounded education in the discipline. What was exciting for me was the availability of 'special topics' courses that tackle specific subdisciplines like polymer chemistry and green chemistry. The instructors are knowledgeable and approachable and many of them have a wealth of industry experience which allows them to show how theory connects to what a professional chemist actually does in their career.”

– Chris Daggett, chemistry major, mathematics minor

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

Chemists are in demand in industry, academia, government, non-profit and entrepreneurship sectors. You’ll be prepared for a variety of future roles including:

  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Lab Analyst or Supervisor
  • Method Developer
  • Process or Research Chemist
  • Quality Control Scientist or Specialist